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Saturday, August 2, 2014
MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH ROSES - MARGARET TANNER
ROSES - MARGARET TANNER
Housekeeping and tidying up. Not my favourite topic or
occupation, unless we are taking about tidying up my garden. In particular my
rose garden, which I tend with loving care, because roses truly deserve special
treatment. No chore to tidy up here. I banish any weed the moment it rears its
ugly head near my “lovelies.”
Roses are my favourite flower. My husband thinks I am
obsessed with them.I always wear rose
perfume, Bush Rose, Musk Rose. The Yardley (English company) Rose has a lovely
perfume, as sweet and fragrant as its namesake. How many wonderful people have
you met who are called Rose, Rosy, Rosemarie, Rosemary?
I have to confess that my garden is full of roses. Hubby
hates them with a passion because he thinks they deliberately jump out and
stick their prickles into him.
I love the old fashioned roses the best. They may not be
quite as colourful as the modern day varieties, but they always have a gorgeous
perfume.Just Joey, a beautiful large
bloomed orange rose with a delightful perfume is one of my favourites.Another favourite is a blood red rose named Oklahoma, the perfume is
as heady as wine. My garden has recently acquired a rose called. The Chocolate Rose.
I have to say that although the bloom is pretty, it isn’t stunning, but it
certainly has a chocolate perfume, and you can take that observation from a
chocoholic. If there is one thing I know, it is the smell of chocolate.
It amazes me how often I seem to give the characters in my
novels a floral name. It must have been an instinctive thing because I don’t
recall actively trying to do this.
A few examples. In Haunted Hearts, the heroine’s daughter is called Rosie.
In A Mortal Sin, the heroine is named Daphne. Iris is the wicked mother-in-law
in Make Love Not War
I have also written a short story with the title Call Of The
Apple Blossom. Can you see a pattern here?
There is rarely a novel of mine that doesn't have at least one rose garden scene.
So, there you have it. I wonder if there is such a thing as
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On board the convict ship taking them to the penal colony of
Maryanne Watson and Jake Smith meet and fall in love, but Jake hides a terrible
secret that will take him to the gallows if it ever comes out.
On arrival in Sydney
the lovers are separated. Maryanne is sent to work for the lecherous Captain
Fitzhugh. After he attacks her she flees into the wilderness and eventually
meets up with Jake who has escaped from a chain gang.They set up home in a hidden valley and
Maryanne falls pregnant.Will Jake come
out of hiding to protect his fledgling family? And how can love triumph over
such crushing odds?